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Old 10-05-2011, 08:08 AM   #1486
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Continued......

And to conclude - a few special moments









































Up Next....Final Thoughts

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There were lots of nice photos in this TR ladies!

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Old 10-05-2011, 09:27 AM   #1488
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There were lots of nice photos in this TR ladies!


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They really leave you hanging if they forget to add the "magic", don't they?
They sure do - don't they? I almost didn't post that one but it made me laugh, so I did. Apparently you can get them to fix that, but I forget how.
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Why Not Just Queue Up Another Disney Trip?
How Do You Think We Stay So Happy?
Inching My Way Closer to the Castle Sept 10 TR
Wheeling & Dealing at the WL May '10 TR
Play'in It at Pop Sept 09 Anniversary Trip
JUNE 09 TR...KICK'N IT AT KIDANI DH & I do Disney Solo! DEC 2008 June 2008 tripreport
My Trips 2002-Offsite 2003-POR 2004-Royal Pacific/Daytona Bch 2005-CBR 2006-Pop, SSR 2007-ASM 2008-Pop, Vero Bch/SSR, POFQ/SSR 2009-Kidani/CSR, Pop 2010- VWL, BLT 2011-POR/BCV, Disney's HHI Resort, OKW2012-Treehouse villa/BWV, VWL/BWV 2013-HHI, Secret off site location;BWV/AKL 2014- Tampa, ASSp/BCV, OKW
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Loving all the pics!

Of course the castle has to be included and I've said this before but the shot that Melissa took of the drummers is amazing!
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Old 10-05-2011, 01:06 PM   #1490
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Loving all the pics!

Of course the castle has to be included and I've said this before but the shot that Melissa took of the drummers is amazing!
So glad you enjoyed them. Melissa's picture is amazing. It should be on the photography board.
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But....My favorite picture of the entire trip ......drum roll please.....was taken by Melissa




Seriously - this picture could be in a National Geographic magazine. It is perfect!

Thank you everyone for posting your wonderful pictures!!!!!

Up Next......PP Pics and Final Thoughts!

Both of these are unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I'm still catching up! It maybe time for F&W 2012 by the time I get to the end!

I can't believe my picture is your fav! I most admit, I love that picture! I was soooo proud of myself when I saw it!!

Jen's non-magic magic shoot still cracks me up!!!
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Old 10-05-2011, 06:33 PM   #1493
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I love that you posted everyone's best shots! They're all so fantastic!

It is pretty funny when the magic part of the PP pics doesn't show up. I don't think there's anywhere else that photographers could tell people to just point at pavement and look surprised and everyone will do it! I also love the magic shots where the people look entirely confused, like "I guess I'm doing this for a reason...?"
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Old 10-06-2011, 09:15 AM   #1494
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Both of these are unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well - you know what Denny said about mine, don't you?

Maybe not - the night I was editing and that picture came up I got so excited. I said, rather loudy, "You should see this picture I got. I can't believe I took such a cool picture".

And his replie - are you ready - "You know what they say. Even a blind squirrel gets a nut sometimes".

Can you believe I am still married to him??????

I bet Melissa's husband would never say that about her picture!

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I'm still catching up! It maybe time for F&W 2012 by the time I get to the end!
It IS a little daunting, isn't it? When I went back to find the pictures I was a little overwhelmed! And I wrote most it!

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I can't believe my picture is your fav! I most admit, I love that picture! I was soooo proud of myself when I saw it!!

Everything is just right with that picture - the lighting, the coloring, the depth of field, the framing, the subject matter. I could go on, but you get the idea! You should be proud and I bet you DH did NOT call you a blind squirrel. See Above!

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Jen's non-magic magic shoot still cracks me up!!!

Seriously - that should NEVER happen!
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JUNE 09 TR...KICK'N IT AT KIDANI DH & I do Disney Solo! DEC 2008 June 2008 tripreport
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I love that you posted everyone's best shots! They're all so fantastic!
Thank you! I liked all of those shots from the time each was posted, so I knew I had to go back and repost them one more time!

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It is pretty funny when the magic part of the PP pics doesn't show up. I don't think there's anywhere else that photographers could tell people to just point at pavement and look surprised and everyone will do it! I also love the magic shots where the people look entirely confused, like "I guess I'm doing this for a reason...?"
that's exactly how I was the first time they posed me for a magic shot. I just stood there.."huh?"

It is pretty comical when they don't turn out. Jen and I had a shot that was supposed to have the Soarin glider in it. We look pretty silly staring into thin air.
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Sorry Gaston, They are MUCH More Interesting than You!
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Why Not Just Queue Up Another Disney Trip?
How Do You Think We Stay So Happy?
Inching My Way Closer to the Castle Sept 10 TR
Wheeling & Dealing at the WL May '10 TR
Play'in It at Pop Sept 09 Anniversary Trip
JUNE 09 TR...KICK'N IT AT KIDANI DH & I do Disney Solo! DEC 2008 June 2008 tripreport
My Trips 2002-Offsite 2003-POR 2004-Royal Pacific/Daytona Bch 2005-CBR 2006-Pop, SSR 2007-ASM 2008-Pop, Vero Bch/SSR, POFQ/SSR 2009-Kidani/CSR, Pop 2010- VWL, BLT 2011-POR/BCV, Disney's HHI Resort, OKW2012-Treehouse villa/BWV, VWL/BWV 2013-HHI, Secret off site location;BWV/AKL 2014- Tampa, ASSp/BCV, OKW
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Old 10-07-2011, 06:43 PM   #1496
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Final Thoughts & Farewells!

Final thoughts & farewells!!!!

So - this is it. My last post. My final thoughts.

What Can I say that I haven't already?

Well, first I would like to thank all our readers - old and new alike. I met a lot of new, wonderful DISers during this TR and in doing so have increased my circle of new DIS friends. Thank you all for sticking with this sometimes confusing and crazy group TR.

And for my DIS friends that got overwhelmed and dropped out, I hope I will see you on my new TR. Most of you have already stopped by and that is awesome!

The most important thing I want to say is this -

If you are new to the DIS or you haven't met a DISer in real life, just DO IT! When I think of how far I've come from the time I first meet Christine back in 09 (my first meet) to where I am today. WOW! I was so nervous about that DIS meet. Would I recognize her? Would I like her? More importantly, would she like me?

I think the most wonderful thing about establishing a DIS friendship is that you really do it by choice, not because you happen to be neighbors with that person or because you attend PTA or soccer games together. You establish a friendship because you share a common interest, a passion. Through the DIS you get to know people on a different level and you truly feel like they are old friends by the time you meet! By writing instead of speaking you reveal more about yourself. You go to a deeper level. That art of communication by paper and pencil is fading, but on the DIS boards you cultivate that skill. It keeps your brain sharp.

I look forward to future girl trips. They really are liberating. If you're a DISer and you are considering a girlfriend trip, Just DO IT! It's so liberating. It makes you appreciate your free time, while at the same time it makes you appreciate your family. I think its essential for all women.

So what's in store for me:

Well in 16 days I have another GF trip planned at HHI. I am very much looking forward to exploring this little Disney hidden gem.

On December 14th I return to the world for 5 nights with Denny and my son Nicholas. I am very much looking forward to Christmas in the world since its been about 3 years since I've seen the Christmas festivities.

On June 10th I have a 5 night reservation at the Treehouse Villas! I have invited my brother and his family to join Denny, Nick and I there. Then Denny and I (and maybe Nick) will stick around to spend another 3 nights at VWL. I am still toying with the idea of changing that reservation to BWV, but I'm pretty much 50-50 right now.

Then in October of next year I will be returning for F&W 2012. Exact dates have not been decided, but I am hoping that Cynthia and I can stay for 6 nights at BWV. I will definitely be there for October 19th, which is Caitlin Burn's wedding. I promised Caitlin I would take some pre wedding pictures for her and I am very excited to be part of her pre wedding plans!

Beyond that, I don't know. I am really thinking that I need to take Nick on a Disney cruise in 2013 for his HS graduation. If he is not interested then Denny and I will probably wait until fall of 2013 and plan a big solo trip since we will be empty nesters. Hard to believe I am really that old!

So I would like to conclude with this trip's TOP TEN!

10. Seeing the new queue at HM
9. Spending quiet time on Tom Sawyer Island to chill and take pictures
8. Finally staying at the Beach Club Villas
7. Chilling at the BCV quiet pool with a noodle (not), can in a can in a can and other adult beverages
6. Eating dinner at Blue Zoo with the whole group
5. Meeting my wonderful roommate Cynthia in person
4. Walking through Christine's private entrance over and over and over again. And walking back out again after park closure.
3. Seeing Epcot rope drop from the "other" side.
2. Finally, yes, finally having a margarita from the Ditch

and the #1 top 10 for me has to be..........

1. The African Trek


So friends, that's a wrap!

Stayed Tuned, though, because I think some of the other ladies have some final thoughts coming up!

Have a Disney Day!

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Great final review and I agree these boards sure are the best for meeting people and forming friendships!
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Loved it all.

Now to catch up on the new one.
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MEK, I love the great pictures of all of you DISer's and the final wrap-up.


The most important thing I want to say is this -

If you are new to the DIS or you haven't met a DISer in real life, just DO IT! When I think of how far I've come from the time I first meet Christine back in 09 (my first meet) to where I am today. WOW! I was so nervous about that DIS meet. Would I recognize her? Would I like her? More importantly, would she like me?

I think the most wonderful thing about establishing a DIS friendship is that you really do it by choice, not because you happen to be neighbors with that person or because you attend PTA or soccer games together. You establish a friendship because you share a common interest, a passion. Through the DIS you get to know people on a different level and you truly feel like they are old friends by the time you meet! By writing instead of speaking you reveal more about yourself. You go to a deeper level. That art of communication by paper and pencil is fading, but on the DIS boards you cultivate that skill. It keeps your brain sharp.


If I hadn't taken a chance on meeting a complete stranger, I would have never met my "little sister" -- Nicki who is one of the most important people in my life.
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